9 Effective Home Remedies For Toothache

A toothache is one of the most common dental complaints and can be quite painful and debilitating.

Toothaches can occur anytime, and usually, without any warning. It doesn’t take long for a toothache to become annoying.


The dull, aching pain in your tooth quickly moves to your jaw and then your head. Before too long, it feels as if your entire body is being channeled through your toothache.

If you have a toothache, it’s important to figure out what’s at the root of your discomfort. From there, you can determine how to best relieve any pain, swelling, or other symptoms.

Toothaches are normally a result of irritation of the nerves contained inside the tooth. Tooth decay or damage, and gum disease are among the many conditions that can irritate these super-sensitive nerve endings.

In some cases, pain caused by trauma to your jaw (if you bang your face on something, for example) can radiate to your teeth and cause a toothache.



If there is an infection in the tooth or gum, you may also experience swelling and redness around the affected area.

The sharp, throbbing pain can drive you crazy, and if you do not treat it right away, you may end up losing the tooth. The severity of the pain can range from mild to excruciating.

Of course, the first thing you should do when you feel that familiar, throbbing tooth pain is to make an appointment to see your dentist – untreated tooth problems can easily turn into serious health conditions, especially if you have an infection.

Luckily, there are many toothache home remedies that make use of common ingredients found in most homes that can provide you with relief until your next dentist’s appointment.



9 Effective Home Remedies For Toothache

Saltwater rinse. For many people, a saltwater rinse is an effective first-line treatment.

Saltwater is a natural disinfectant, and it can help loosen food particles and debris that may be stuck in between your teeth.

Treating a toothache with salt water can also help reduce inflammation and heal any oral wounds.

Wheatgrass. Wheatgrass has countless healing properties and can work to heal your body from the inside if taken internally.



It can relieve inflammation in your mouth and prevent infections. Its high chlorophyll content can also fight bacteria.

Simply try a wheatgrass rinse or apply it directly to the tooth.

Cloves. Cloves have natural painkilling and antibacterial properties. They are considered especially effective for the treatment of toothaches.

If you’re suffering from a toothache, you can dip a cotton wool ball into a mixture of a couple of drops of clove oil and a small amount of olive oil.

Vanilla Extract. If you want instant relief, this is the toothache home remedy that you should be using.

Vanilla extract has antiseptic and analgesic properties that will relieve a toothache quickly.

Apply vanilla extract directly on the affected tooth using a cotton swab.

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Hydrogen peroxide rinse. A hydrogen peroxide rinse may also help to relieve pain and inflammation.

In addition to killing bacteria, hydrogen peroxide can reduce plaque and heal bleeding gums. Make sure you properly dilute the hydrogen peroxide.

To do this, mix 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with equal parts water and use it as a mouthwash. Don’t swallow it.

Whiskey. Whiskey is commonly used to provide infants (and their parents) some much-needed relief from the pain of teething.

Those who tout its benefits claim that whiskey can help numb the area around the tooth and kill some of the bacteria that may be causing your tooth pain.

Swilling a small amount of whiskey (or other strong liquor) around the affected tooth may relieve some of your pain.

Tea. Peppermint tea has a nice flavor and some numbing power.

Put 1 teaspoon dried peppermint leaves in one cup boiling water and steep for 20 minutes. After the tea cools, swish it around in your mouth, then spit it out or swallow. 

Also, the astringent tannins in strong black tea may help quell pain by reducing swelling.

For this folk remedy place a warm, wet tea bag against the affected tooth for temporary relief.

Oregano Oil. Oregano oil not only kills the bacteria causing the pain, but it also has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that will reduce the pain and swelling.

Carvacrol is the component that is responsible for this. Using the Q-tip, apply the oregano oil directly on the tooth with the pain.

Myrrh. The astringent effects help with inflammation, and myrrh offers the added benefit of killing bacteria.

Simmer one teaspoon of powdered myrrh in two cups water for 30 minutes. Strain and let cool.

Rinse with one teaspoon of the solution in a half-cup water five to six times a day.